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Edward Cowie

(b. 1943)


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(b Birmingham, 1943).

Eng. composer and painter. Began to compose at age of 11. Chorister, Gloucester Cath. 1955–7. Worked in Poland 1971, being encouraged by Lutosławski. Lect., Lancaster Univ. 1973. Visited USA 1977. Guest prof. of mus., Kassel Univ. 1979, prof. of creative arts, Univ. of Wollongong, NSW, 1983, composer‐in‐residence RLPO 1983–6. Settled in Australia, where he founded Australian Composers' Ensemble 1988 and became dir., Australian Sinfonietta 1989. Deeply interested in ornithology. Has painted oils and watercolours; his Choral Sym. (1981–2) was inspired by paintings by Turner. Also fascinated by Australian criminal Ned Kelly, making him the basis of several works, incl. an opera. Prin. works:

stage works:

Commedia

, Op.12, opera (1976–8);

Kelly

, Op.23, opera (1980–2);

Kate Kelly's Roadshow

, Op.27, mez., ens. (1982).

orch.:

Concerto for Orchestra

, Op.19 (1979–80);

LeonardoThe AmericanThe Australian

, Op.20, chamber orch. (1980–1); sym. No.1 (), Op.21 (1980–1), No.2 (), Op.28 (1982–3); concs.: bcl. and tape, Op.1b (1969), cl. No.2, Op.5 (1975), pf., Op.8 (1976–7), hp., Op.26 (1981–2), vc. (1993), ob. (1998–9);

Four Orchestral Songs

(1991);

Denge Wood Wind Music

, ww., brass (1995);

From Moment to Moment

, chamber orch. (1999).

chamber music:

Australia II

str. qts.: No.1 (1973), No.2, Op.11 (1977), No.3, Op.31 No.1 (1983), No.4 (), Op.31 No.2 (1983), No.5 (1994);

Kelly Passacaglia

, str. qt. (1980);

Harlequin

, Op.15, hp. (1980);

Commedia Lazzis

, Op.17, guitar (1980);

Kelly‐Nolan‐Kellywith angels and delight

, Op.22, cl. in A (1980); fl. qt. (1991); vn. sonata (1991);……, vc. (1994);

Skanagoah

, gui., db. (1994);

Kandinsky

, 4 gui. (1995);

Dartmoor Etudes

, ob., cl., hp. (1999);

Several Charms

, vn., pf. (2000).

Also many choral and vocal works, comps. for brass, and for solo pf.

Subjects: Music.


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